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MRS WYATT b. Malin

Updated on July 21, 2011
Josephine Sarah Earp
Josephine Sarah Earp
Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp


We all know about about the great American Lawman, Wyatt Earp and the famous "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"...But haven't you ever wondered about his wife? And what sort of a Woman he was married to... Well I'm about to fill you in. I've gone back in time, way back, for this interview. So sit back, read, and Enjoy!

(Me) I am so thrilled to have this honor, Josephine, may I call you Josephine?

Josephine, "Yes you Can". My full name is, Josephine Sarah Marcus, shall I go on?

(Me) Please do. I want you to say whatever you would like about yourself and your childhood, and of course your Marriage. "You talk, and I'll take notes", I said with a smile.

Josephine, Well I was born in Brooklyn, in l861, the third child of four children... I am Jewish...Bet many people did not know that. Anyway, I had an average childhood, but when I reached 18, I ran away and joined a Touring Theatre Company. Which you can imagine in l879 was considered to be a Brazen move for a young women from a respectable family.

Eventually I moved to Arizona where I met Johnny Behan, a Sheriff of Yavapai County. Mr. Behan, was married...But well, (she blushed) we took up right away, you know...Anyway, when Johnny was hired for a new job, as Sheriff of a town called "Tombstone"... he asked me to go with him, and I did. Now Johnny was a less than righteous Sheriff. He began doing business with the local criminal element and began frequenting Brothels...I guess I wasn't enough for him.

(Me) Why you've really led an exciting and interesting life Josephine...So when did you dump this loser and meet Wyatt?

Josephine, well, I was just getting to that. It was in Tombstone that I became romantically involved with Wyatt Earp who was also a Lawman there. It was a whirlwind courtship...Love at first sight! I dropped Johnny as quickly as I could...And Wyatt and I got married.

(Me) Can you tell me about the Famous "Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral"

Josephine, Oh yes. Wyatt and his brother started the Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral while trying to apprehend a gang of outlaw cowboys...An event which lasted 30 seconds, saw 30 Bullets fly...and which was known as the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West.

(Me) Some historians have suggested that the rivalry between the Earps and the Cowboys, who where business associates of Sheriff Behan, might have been precipitated by Johnny Behan's jealousy regarding you and Wyatt. What do you think Josephine?

Josephine, sighing, I suppose there is some truth to that...Wyatt and I remained married for 48 years, 48 Wonderful years. Not too many people know this, But Wyatt's remains were buried alongside mine in my families plot at a Jewish Cemetery in California. Wyatt died first, and even though he himself was not Jewish, he chose to be buried there. Eventually I joined him.

Now my dear, I've got to run...Wyatt hates when I'm away from him too long.

(Me) Thank you so much for this Wonderful interview Josephine...and give my regards to Wyatt. Oh, one more little question? (Josephine Nods)

Did Wyatt know there was a TV show that ran many years, as well as some movies about him.

Josephine, Don't get me started on that...He watches them all the time and knows all the lines, honestly the man needs a hobby! But you just gotta Love him and I do! And having said that, I've got to fly now.

And she did... right out the Window.


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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Oh thank you WD Curry, I would have Commented sooner, but Hub Pages does NOT always tell us when someone leaves a Comment, so today, I am being made aware. So very glad you Enjoyed.

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      I'm the one who checked beautiful. I appreciate the beauty of the lady you explored and the soul that it took to place yourself there. This has special meaning to me. I am from a military family. We moved a lot. I lived in Kansas, Texas and Arizona in close succession when I was a child. As you can see, the wild west was an important part of my interest and identity. You have managed to complete the legend and win a fan.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I wish I had a Prize for YOU PegCole for Singing the theme song and Remembering all the Words! Thanks for stopping by, and so glad you're feeling Better!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      And don't forget about the song.

      "Wyatt Earp, Wyyyyatt Earp,

      Brave, courageous and bold.

      Long live his fame and

      Long live his glory and

      Long may his story be told."

      You did a great job here b. Well done!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hey Colin, I was away... family obligations, and missed all of my Hub Friends. Again, A Very Big Thank You for your devotion to this Crazy Hub. I can't believe that I am now here a Year. LOL.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...still loving this one .... it's one of my all time favorites by you ....and yes it's funny how great minds think alike - I took a break or hiatus from hubpages too!

      So good to see you back on this holiday Monday here in Canada lake erie time 2:06pm

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hey September Girl, Thank You for Enjoying. Yes, my Imagination went a little Wild on this one, but it was Fun!

      I'm so glad you stopped by Shygirl, Missed your visits, so glad you liked the History Lesson.

      Thank You Fiddleman, so glad I kept you Interested.

      Fashion, Yes I wanted to give the Woman behind this Man her dues too. Thanks for thinking it a clever way to go.

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      fashion 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this story where the woman takes center stage.I appriciate you on your work.No doubt very clever.

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Great hub and very interesting reading.

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      I was never much into history in school, but you make it fun. I love your interviews! Just came by to say 'hello'. : )

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      september girl 6 years ago

      Ingenious, b. Malin. Lot of imagination went into this one. Thanks for the ghostly history lesson. ; )

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Right, always a Good Woman there to stand by her Man...So Glad you liked my Interview Chatkath, and Thanks so much for your Votes they are so appreciated!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      How interesting b.- you know what they say- "behind every good man, there's an even better woman" or something like that, right? ;-0 Well done and most creative interview, voted up, awesome, useful, interesting.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      A friend had sent me the article from "Jewniverse" My Jewish After I had read about Josephine, I decided it would be Fun to use the information as an "Interview" with her. She was married to Wyatt Earp for 48 years, and they are buried in her family Plot, in a Cemetery in California. I hope I've satisfied your curiosity Mactavers. Glad you enjoyed!

      So Glad I could Entertain you Alicia, while giving you a Fun History Lesson in Interview Form.

      Thank You Multiman for all your kind comments, and Thanks for your Vote!

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Great article and unique way of making the hsitory come alive voted up.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Voted useful and interesting! I know very little about United States history, so I appreciate learning about it in an entertaining hub like this. Thanks for the information.

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      mactavers 6 years ago

      Loved the artistic treatment of two famous people who resided in Tombstone during its short run as a silver mining boom town. I am curious of what source you used to quote Josephine as married to Earp. If you used the book I Married Wyatt Earp, it was discredited by the University of Arizona history department as artistic but not factual and removed from their collection. According to Earp's biographers, he was only married to Urilla Sutherland, his first wife. Mattie Blaylock was his common law wife when Josephine came to Tombstone with the Parline Markham Theatre Company. Just curious???

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank You so Much 50 Caliber, I'm so Glad you Enjoyed my Interview Idea with Josephine, it was fun for me to write after learning about her. When you do go to Tombstone, you ought to take pictures and do a Hub on it. A BiG Thank You for your Vote!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Why Thank You Breakfastpops...I'll bet She was "Something" in her day...way ahead of her time...and she and Wyatt had a pretty good 48 years together!

      Very Funny Froggy...But seriously who knew she was such a Colorful Woman! Thanks for your Compliment.

      She did have a lot to say...Thanks for enjoying and Learning, as did I and a big "THANK YOU" for your Vote!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi B Malin, fasinating interview, quite a talker that Josephine, we got to learn some really interesting facts, voting up.

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wow! Great writing. I didn't know there was a Mrs. Earp. I wonder if she burped. LOL

      The Frog

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      I love this piece. I felt like I was in the room with this great woman. Up interesting and oh so awesome!

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      I find the Earp legacy interesting to say the least, even in Tombstone there remains dispute as to the events to this day. A place one can see a daily replay of the short but epic gun battle of 30 seconds.

      Your approach here to the interview was a great platform to tell this story! I enjoyed it much and kudos for the presentation, had to vote it up along with the rest of the buttons, a fine job to be sure and I need to take a ride to Tombstone just for fun in the near future as I haven't been for better than a decade, cool place, dust

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Well this story is based on Real facts, so glad you enjoyed the History Lesson Cheryl...It was Fun to Spin a tale around what I had read, so glad you enjoyed!

      Thank You Hapyboomernurse, I found it so interesting reading about Mrs. Earp (Josephine) that I thought to myself, this would be Fun if I pretended to Interview her. Thanks for thinking it Clever!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Very clever. I enjoyed your little interview with Josephine Earp. Thanks for posting it.

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Loved it! Yes, the wild, wild, west- the men & the women who love them. Now we need a good story on the Poney Express, "neither rain, nor snow, ...." , oh, I see, we're now using email... but I'll call this time instead, just to say how much I've been enjoying your writing!

      Your western tale, is excellent, & just loved Mrs. Earb's version!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      It's so appropriate for you to see this once First Colin...I so appreciate all your Wonderful comments. It really was Fun to do after reading about her...I thought who knew? And so this Hub formed in my mind...and I knew I had to do it! Thanks for Enjoying.

      Well you know what they say Alocsin, Behind Every Good Man is a Woman! Thanks for your Vote!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Glad to read a story where the woman takes center stage. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .... very very very clever ....... let's hear it for the ladies who live in the shadows of their famous men - novel idea here; just perfect for a mind like epi's; and I love your passion in doing something different and at the same time, a noble shout out and tribute to your 'gender' ...... (hub)bravo for this one - can't wait until Wayne Brown, Will Starr, and Saddleridder 1 read this one ...

      lake erie time 7:19pm

      and back into the lake for a dip.